As had been accurately rumoured earlier in the month, FromSoftware’s surprise sequel Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon will lock-on to PS5 and PS4 from 25th August, 2023. That’s a lot earlier than expected, but the title’s looking pretty damn polished in this brand new gameplay trailer, which leans heavily into the classic Armored Core gameplay loop.

It’s worth noting that despite the developer’s more recent rise to fame, it’s plotting a more traditional experience here. The press release expands: “Featuring highly mobile and highly customisable mechas, [the game] will put players in fast-paced battles where they can make full use of offensive and defensive manoeuvres on both land and in the air to overcome foes.”

It continues: “To be the most successful and profitable mercenary on Rubicon 3, players must master rapidly changing combat distances, using the environment for protective cover, and omni-directional battles to overcome challenging enemies and situations.”

The game’s looking and sounding good, but we are interested to see how newcomers take to it. The last Armored Core, for example, launched a little over a decade ago on the PS3, and received pretty middling scores overall. Nevertheless, it’s clear FromSoftware has been given a much bigger budget for this entry, so it could catapult the series into the mainstream for the first time in its 25 year-plus history.